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IKEA shuts down IKEAhackers site after eight years

On Saturday, June 14, Jules Yap, creator of IKEAhackers.net, announced that IKEA’s trademark lawyers had issued a cease and desist order – eight years after the website’s birth.

The site was created in 2006 by Yap, gathering “hacks” of IKEA furniture from all corners of the internet to one convenient website. These hacks cover a wide range of difficulty and creativity, from adding simple decorations that make average furniture pieces more unique to large-scale overhauls requiring time and access to power tools.

 “IKEAhackers.net was [not set up] with the intent to exploit their mark. I was just a crazy fan,” wrote Yap in her June 14 post. “Long story short, after much negotiation between their agent and my lawyer, I am allowed to keep the domain name IKEAhackers.net only on the condition that it is non-commercial.”

Yap will transition to a new, yet-to-be-determined domain name before June 23, which is when the C&D would have her “take down the ads, not earn any income, and still advance their brand on [the] site.”

IKEA’s legal move hardly appears to be eight years in the making, although the timing of its delivery is certainly poignant, coming less than a month after Google’s controversy with “trademark bullying.”

Japanese soccer fans clean stadium after loss

The Côte d’Ivoire team recovered from an early 1-0 setback on Saturday, June 15 to score two second-half goals against the Japanese to win the match 2-1.

Following their loss to Côte d’Ivoire, the Japanese team sits in third place in Group C. They will have to win against both Greece and Colombia to secure their spot in the next round.

Despite the heart-wrenching loss, the Japanese spectators gathered up all the litter from their end of the stadium after the match.

 “CLASS ACT: Japanese fans were seen cleaning their part of the stands after the match,” tweeted twitter user World Cup Problems after the match. Thousands of others also took to social media to praise the Japanese for their high spirit post-loss after photos of the good deed began to circulate.

The act of picking up your own garbage might be shocking to soccer fans on this side of the globe, but clearing out waste after a sporting event is simply customary in Japan.